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Boise State sets a world record involving a slip and slide

It’s official. Boise State University students own the new Guinness World Record for the “longest distance traveled on a slip and slide in one hour.”

Boise State’s Student Involvement and Leadership Center sponsored Break a World Record Day last summer and more than 150 students slipped and slid a combined 103,650 feet in one hour to break the record. It’s possible that slipping and sliding is a specialty in the West. University of Oregon set the previous record of 82,080 feet in 2010.

About 250 people attended the event, including a few Boise State faculty and staff and community members. Sliders spent four hours in the water practicing for the official record-breaking attempt. The event was part of Bronco Welcome events at the start of the school year.

Student Hannah Barnett, who also came up with the idea for Break a World Record Day, said each student slid more than 700 feet individually to reach the common goal.

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